43 days in Peru Itinerary

43 days in Peru Itinerary

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43 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lima
— 10 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
2
Huascaran National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Trujillo
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Arequipa
— 7 nights
5
Cusco
— 11 nights
+2
bus + foot + train:  3​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

10
nights
Lima

Lima ©
Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Huaca Pucllana and Larco Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and San Pedro Church (Iglesia de San Pedro). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Miraflores, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Lima, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Our Lady of Mercy.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lima online trip maker .

New York City, USA to Lima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from New York City in July, expect Lima to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Huascaran National Park.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Huaca Pucllana ©
Huaca Pucllana
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco ©
Cathedral of Lima ©
Cathedral of Lima

3
nights
Huascaran National Park

Huascaran National Park ©
A trip to Huascaran National Park allows visitors to explore part of the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range.
When in Huascaran National Park, make a side trip to see Mirador Punta Olimpica in Carhuaz, approximately 32 minutes away. On the 16th (Mon), spend a day of history-infused exploration at Huascaran. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Alpamayo and don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor de Chacas.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Huascaran National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Lima to Huascaran National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Wed) before leaving for Trujillo.

Things to do in Huascaran National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plaza Mayor de Chacas, Mirador Punta Olimpica
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Huascaran ©
Huascaran
Alpamayo ©
Alpamayo
Mirador Punta Olimpica ©
Mirador Punta Olimpica

6
nights
Trujillo

Trujillo ©
Considered the country's capital of culture, Trujillo was the birthplace of the North Group, a community of artists and intellectuals that included celebrated poet Cesar Vallejo and notable novelist Ciro Alegria.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chan Chan and La Huaca del Sol. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Huaca del Sol y la Luna and El Brujo. Go for a jaunt from Trujillo to Huanchaco to see Huanchaco Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Casa Urquiaga, make a trip to Plaza de Armas de Trujillo, see the interesting displays at Casa de la Emancipacion, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Moderno.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trujillo vacation website .

Traveling by car from Huascaran National Park to Trujillo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Trujillo are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Trujillo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Huanchaco
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Chan Chan ©
Chan Chan
Huaca del Sol y la Luna ©
Huaca del Sol y la Luna
La Huaca del Sol ©
La Huaca del Sol

7
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Catalina Monastery and Iglesia de Yanahuara ( San Juan Bautista). Visit Historic Centre of Arequipa and Yanahuara for their historical value. On the 28th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Colca Canyon, admire the striking features of Casa del Moral, contemplate the geological forces at Chachani, and make a trip to Plaza de Armas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arequipa online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Trujillo to Arequipa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Trujillo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Arequipa, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Arequipa

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Colca Canyon
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Colca Canyon ©
Colca Canyon
Monasterio de Santa Catalina ©
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa

11
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sacsayhuaman and Salinas de Maras. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza de Armas and Catedral del Cuzco o Catedral Basilica de la Virgen de la Asuncion. Explore Cusco's surroundings by going to Pisac (in Pisac), Ollantaytambo (Archaeological Park Ollantaytambo, Pumamarca Ruins, & more) and Moray (in Maras). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Centro Historico De Cusco, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Art Museum, delve into the distant past at Choquequirao Archeological Park, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Inka.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cusco trip site .

Traveling by flight from Arequipa to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Cusco when traveling from Arequipa in July, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Cusco

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ollantaytambo, Maras, Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Piquillacta
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Sacsayhuaman ©
Sacsayhuaman
Centro Historico De Cusco ©
Centro Historico De Cusco
Plaza de Armas ©
Plaza de Armas

4
nights
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon. Popular historic sites such as Winay Wayna and Intipuncu are in your itinerary. Take a break from Machu Picchu with a short trip to Zipline in Santa Teresa, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Phutuq K'usi, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado de Artesanias, admire the natural beauty at Los Jardines de Mandor, and take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Machu Picchu trip maker app .

You can take a train from Cusco to Machu Picchu in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu ©
Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

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